1. RHA MA450i
RRP: £40 inc VAT
The MA450i isn’t the cheapest pair of headphones you can buy, but you get indisputable benefits for the extra money. Good design, plenty of features and great quality – all without breaking the bank.
2.Sennheiser HD 429
RRP: £45 inc. VAT
You admittedly pay quite a bit more for a fairly small improvement in sound quality, and from a purely aural standpoint, the extra cash isn’t terribly well spent. However, the Sennheiser HD 429 budget over-ear headphones are smaller than the AKG K77s, thanks to the lack of a large frame over the head strap, feel a little more solid on the head, as well as combining high-end looks with a budget price.
3. Rock Jaw Alfa Genus
- RRP: £50 inc VAT
If you want great-quality sound at an affordable price, and don’t need a headset and remote control, the Alfa Genus are the in-ear headphones for you.
4. AKG K77
RRP: £25 inc VAT
Dull, uninspiring design is offset by low weight and very good sound quality – the AKG K77 headphones are a very good bargain
5. Vibe Slick Zip V3
RRP: £14 inc VAT
If you’re after in-ear headphones on a budget, the Vibe Slick Zip V3 is a decent choice. The zip makes them a bit heavy, so they’re not well suited to jogging, but sound quality is very good for the price.
6. Sony MDR-EX110AP
RRP: £180 inc VAT
Well made and pleasingly light, with decent enough audio, Sony’s MDR-EX110AP in-ear headphones are decent value at under £20.
7. Skullcandy UpRock
RRP: £17 inc. VAT
Skullcandy UpRocks have two big advantages: they look (arguably) great, and they’re highly portable. The short, flat cable is very convenient, and the low price means it’s not the end of the world if you stuff them in a backpack every morning for a combative commute across town